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Pipe Major Mark

Having performed across the world with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, including at some of the UK’s the biggest events to date, from the Queen’s Golden Jubilee to Trooping The Colour, Pipe Major Mark is the perfect choice to create a special atmosphere for your occasion.

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Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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The most fantastic pipe major Mark

5 stars - Pipe Major Mark are Highly Recommended
booked Pipe Major Mark for their Wedding in Scottish Borders August 2023

“Well what can I say that I can put into words about Pipe Major Mark so here goes fabulous, professional, and totally jaw-dropping! He made my son and new daughter in-laws, family and friends a day to remember! I can’t recommend him enough for that hair standing up on end crowd-stopping experience. Bravo Mark and thank you for everything Andrea Williams”

Couldn’t recommend him more highly!

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“James played at my wedding recently for our guests arrival and was absolutely fantastic. Very talented on the pipes, friendly and welcoming and looked very smart in traditional kilt. Couldn’t recommend him more highly.”

Definitely added an extra special something to our wedding

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booked James The Piper for their Wedding July 2023

“Could not recommend James highly enough. He piped for our guests arriving at our wedding and piped us up and down the aisle too. He was friendly, professional and gave us lots of great advice to help us decide on exactly what we wanted for our day. He looked and sounded fab and having a piper definitely added an extra special something to our wedding. Our guests loved it too! Thanks again for adding to the magic of our special day”

We'd fully recommend James for any event you might be considering him for!

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booked James The Piper for their Wedding July 2023

“James was excellent. Both before the day with great communication and enthusiasm, and on the day itself. His playing was superb, and he positioned himself in such an ideal spot that all our guests, many of whom had traveled from abroad, were able to fully appreciate the show. We'd fully recommend James for your wedding, or any other event you might be considering him for!”

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“Professional, friendly and amazing playing. We couldn't have asked for a better piper for our wedding.”


Price from £272 + travel from Scottish Borders

Based on 1 person performing 2 x 30 minute sets

  • Scotland From £272
  • North East From £291
  • North West From £338
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £372
  • Republic of Ireland From £425
  • Northern Ireland From £497
  • Wales From £514
  • East Midlands From £521
  • West Midlands From £546
  • East of England From £604
  • South West From £618
  • South East From £631

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Full Biography

Pipe Major Mark has served with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards for 19 years and was appointed Pipe Major in May 2015.

A true expert of his craft, Mark started to learn the pipes with his local school pipe band, Golspie High School, at the age of 8 under the direction of Pipe Major George Stewart. After leaving school, he worked in civilian employment until, at the age of 21 and looking for a greater challenge, Mark joined the Scots Guards. He undertook his training at the Guards Depot in Pirbright, graduating as a fully trained combat Infantryman in April 1997 when he was posted to the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards who were based in Victoria Barracks, Windsor.

In March 1998, the Battalion was posted to Ballykinler, County Down, Northern Ireland on a 2 year residential tour. Mark spent these 2 years in Left Flank, one of the Battalion’s rifle companies, where he perfected his soldiering skills. In March 2000, the Battalion was returned to mainland Britain and undertook a 3 year spell of public duties based from Wellington Barracks in London. It was whilst here that Mark completed the Infantry Junior Non-Commissioned Officer course and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Whilst in London, he took part in numerous major state occasions including State Banquets, Her Majesty the Queen’s official birthday parade (trooping the colour), the Queen Mother’s funeral and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. In October 2001, the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards and the Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards travelled to New York City to play solidarity concerts as a measure of support after the 9/11 attacks.

In 2002, Mark attended the seven month long All Arms Pipe Major course at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh. He successfully completed the course and graduated in 2003 before being posted to the Battalion’s new home in Munster, Germany. In 2006 Mark passed his section commander’s battle course and was promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant in 2007. In 2008, after an operational tour in Iraq, the Battalion moved back to the UK, making Catterick in North Yorkshire its new home. From here, Mark deployed on two separate 6 month operational tours in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, working closely with the United States Marine Corps. Between these tours, LSgt Macrae promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was appointed Pipe Sergeant of the Pipes and Drums.

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